Browns quarterback Josh McCown has opened Organized Team Activities as the starting quarterback, while Johnny Manziel is working with the second team.
That’s no surprise: It’s been believed from the day McCown was signed that he’s the starter, and that Manziel is second. McCown said after practice that he views the Browns as his team, but he also said he hopes to support Manziel and the other young quarterbacks on the roster.
“I’ve said from Day One, I want to see the Cleveland Browns quarterback position be better than it’s been, and I want to do my part to help that happen on the field, but if something happens and I’m not playing, that whoever is playing, that those guys are productive too,” McCown said.
Manziel didn’t talk to reporters, but Browns coach Mike Pettine said he’s liking what he’s seeing from Manziel.
“He’s been very engaged in the meetings, and it’s good to see a lot of stuff carried over from the meetings onto the field, not just for him but for all the quarterbacks. I just feel much better, from that room a much better sense of urgency and attention to detail,” Pettine said.
Pettine sounds like he thinks Manziel is on the right track. But Manziel is not on track to start.